Missouri Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Carmen Deck

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 | 4:30 p.m. CST; updated 3:23 p.m. CST, Monday, February 22, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of a 1996 double murder. But it is divided about how to consider death penalty cases.

On Tuesday, the court rejected an appeal by Carmen Deck of his sentence for the shooting deaths of James and Zelma Long during a robbery of their home near De Soto.

But judges expressed differences on how to reach that decision.

At issue is what cases should be reviewed to determine if the death penalty is a proportionate sentence for a crime. Some judges said it's only necessary to review other death penalty cases, while other judges said they should also review cases with life sentences.


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